Ansel Elgort On Losing Elvis Presley Role To Austin Butler: ‘I Wasn’t Really Prepared’

A busy schedule contributed to Ansel Elgort’s less than perfect Elvis Presley audition.

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Elgort was one of the finalists to play the King of Rock and Roll in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic. The role ultimately went to another talented actor–Austin Butler.

Speaking with Huffington Post, Elgort explained what went wrong with his audition. ”That wasn’t a bad audition. I think it was great,” he said. “I was in the middle of filming ‘West Side Story,’ so it was a little hard.”

“I watched a ton of footage and memorized some of his interviews just to get his speech pattern down and sang a bunch of his stuff,” Elgort continued. “But I wasn’t really prepared.”

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Elgort stars aside Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” in theatres Dec. 18, 2020.

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